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Real Madrid were close to signing Chelsea flop in 2018, move vetoed by Zidane



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Real Madrid have boasted of some of the world’s greatest goalkeepers. Iker Casillas in the past, Keylor Navas during their UCL threepeat run, and Thibaut Courtois in modern day are some of the names that make a strong case to be a part of the elite list.

According to reports from Jorge Picon of GOAL Espana, Real Madrid had an agreement to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer of 2018. Los Blancos were willing to pay the €20 million release clause for him before Zinedine Zidane stopped the transfer.

The former manager is said to have vetoed the transfer to avoid any disruption in the dressing room harmony. Given that Keylor Navas was one of the pillars of the team at that time, bringing in a direct competition would not go down well.

Yet, the club went on to secure the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the same transfer window. The Belgian international was very vocal about wanting a move to the Bernabeu and was awarded the same in August 2018 in a deal worth €35 million.

After being rejected by Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga eventually joined Chelsea to fill the void left by Courtois. The Spaniard was touted to be the next global icon in goal, but soon saw a drastic dip in form.

In his first season in the Premier League, Kepa started 36 games for Chelsea, in which he maintained 14 clean sheets and averaged 2.3 saves per game. However, his deteriorating form soon saw Edouard Mendy take over as the first-choice goalkeeper.

This season, he has only started four league games and has conceded two goals.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano



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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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